GRP repairs quote
It was difficult to know the extent of the repairs required. However, I was sure that I would at least need a good GRP repairer to work on the gelcoat damage. I would also need a professional painting company to do the topsides. The teak cap rail was a question to be determined later; I needed to see the extent of the damage to determine if I could repair that myself. I should be able to manage the rest myself. So I started making enquiries for a yard to do the GRP repairs and paint work.
I gathered as many photos as I could to indicate the work required, and then I emailed a few marine yards. The variation in price of the quotes returned surprised me. The cheapest quote was actually the one that had the most detail in it. The quote showed an itemised breakdown of the work involved; the GRP repairs; the brand of paint used, the number of primer coats applied, the number of topside coats; cost of materials, cost of labor etc. This impressed me the most so I decided to use this yard.
Finding the right yard
This particular yard was located in Essex; a little further than I had imagined, but it would do for a few months. They had an undercover workshop which was a bonus. Of course the quote was subject to final inspection of the condition of Wanda when she arrived, fair enough. Not every yard wanted to offer an estimate based on a handful of photographs
This marine yard also benefited from having several sail lofts, riggers, marine mechanics and shipwrights in the area. It was about an hour from Tilbury, which is the container port that Wanda would arrive in. I got a quote for transport to this location, which was more than I expected. I probably should start a list of running costs for this little project; however I’m afraid what I might find!
I also joined two new groups to help me understand more about working on Hallberg Rassy sailboats; The Hallberg-Rassy Owners Association – see https://www.hroa.co.uk, and the HR users Group on Yahoo – see https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/HR_Users_Group/info. The owners association requires a membership fee, but they have a publication they send out. It seems a little more geared towards the social aspects of sailing/cruising. There is a technical forum, however it does not seem to have too much activity there. The Yahoo group has proved to be a goldmine of helpful people and good technical information on maintenance and repairs. I have already emailed a few questions and received prompt responses.
So on my side I have done as much preparation as I could, it was now just a matter of waiting!